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KMH Cardiology & Diagnostic Centres supports diagnostic imaging, investigation andresearch that may assist in the development of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.Recent research has suggested there may be a link between Chronic CerebrospinalVenous Insufficiency (CCSVI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While more researchis required, KMH is one of select facilities performing screening for CCSVI usingan advanced MRI technique called MR Venography. This type of screening requiresthe use of highly specialized equipment and training which is currently availableat KMH.CCSVI has been suggested by recent research to be a cause of MS. While moreresearch is required, many MS sufferers, their physicians and families are exploringtreatment in this area. At KMH, we perform a complete ‘traditional’ MS MRI study ofthe brain and cervical cord in addition to CCSVI screening.
Currently in the medical literature, the cause and effect of CCVSI and MS remainsuncertain. At KMH we use the research based MRI protocol developed byDr. Mark Haacke to ensure consistency of MRI data analysis which includesSusceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) and the visualization of the venous anatomyof the head and neck. Dr. Haacke’s imaging protocol can be found athttp://ms-mri.com/potential.php.
Researchers suspect iron build up occurs secondary to blocked or narrowed veins inthe head or neck in MS patients. SWI, an MRI sequence, is able to accuratelydetermine iron or other heavy metal deposits in the brain. SWI is the only way toaccurately visualize these iron deposits.
KMH performs MR Venography which allows assessment of the venous flow inmultiple areas including: the upper and lower parts of jugular veins, transversesinuses, the superior sagittal sinus and the straight sinus of the brain. By examiningall of these structures, accurate assessment of venous narrowing can be obtained.While some clinics may use ultrasound to screen for CCSVI, standard ultrasoundcannot “see” through bone and is limited by being highly “user dependent”. A regularultrasound can only give information on the jugular veins in the neck after theyexit the skull. KMH MR Venography does not have these limitations. In fact, it caneasily view the veins inside or outside the skull, neck or chest.
To find out more or schedule an appointment for your patient at one of our locations Call: 1-877-564-5227 or 905-855-1860.
Note: The decision to seek treatment of any kind is a personal one. KMH respects the right of people living with MS, their physician and their families to make their own treatment decisions including the choice to seek treatments which may be considered experimental.